The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust allows us to strengthen the work we all do together in providing a world class Catholic education for all the families within our parishes. Staff and governors continue to work together to provide the best for our young people in all our schools throughout their education. I would like to thank them and all our families for their continued support.
With St. Mary’s Teaching School at the heart of the Trust, we are fully committed to the continuing professional development of all our staff and to providing teachers of the future for our children.
We have a vision for Catholic education that goes beyond individual schools and changes our perception from ‘my’ school, to ‘our’ schools. The challenge for us all is how we can share our gifts and talents to ensure that education for all of our children is outstanding.
Chair, The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
The ten schools who have converted into academies under The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust are:
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Ilkley, a Voluntary Academy
St. Mary’s Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Pudsey, a Voluntary Academy
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Otley, a Voluntary Academy
Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy
St. Mary’s Menston, a Catholic Voluntary Academy
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Knaresborough, a Voluntary Academy
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Harrogate, a Voluntary Academy
Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy
St. Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy
Congratulations to Shelton Murape (Mathematics) and David Holmes (Physics) who have recently qualified under the School Direct Abridged route into teaching. They are the first students in the country to qualify as teachers on a Fast Track (August – April) route.
We had a wonderful afternoon on Friday 31 March when the whole school took part in a sponsored walk for the Good Shepherd appeal.
All of the money went to a charity called Water Aid, so children and adults who are not able to have clean healthy water will be able to.
On Thursday we had a talk from a lady called Sue, who worked for water aid. She told us that it takes £15 to give someone clean drinking water. With the money we have raised we have managed to give 213 people clean drinking water!
Each class went into the hall to do a range of activities linked to the stations of the cross.
Year 1 have been looking at new vocabulary in Maths. They now know if a number is greater than, smaller than, less than or more than another number.
Children at St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School in Skipton are really excited as they can now enjoy their new outside area which includes a ‘Secret Garden with a hobbit hole’, sand pit, texture kitchen and natural climbing structure. This has only been made possible with help from the Big Lottery Fund that awarded the school £9,430 to develop the outdoor area.
Yesterday was the Feast day of St Joseph and today we celebrated this in our whole school Mass at church with Father Neil, parents and our parishioners.
On Friday 3 March 2017 our Year 4 pupils took part in the 'Kids in the Limelight' (Kids Aloud) concert at the Royal Hall in Harrogate.
Wensleydale are learning about Fairtrade and how it benefits Fairtrade workers and farmers. A visible demonstration of this is the 90kg rice challenge.
What a wonderful week. The children have enjoyed investigating our crime scene this week and learning lots about dinosaurs. They have produced some wonderful work which Parents and Carers will be invited to see later in the term.
Fame – The Musical Performed at St. Mary’s, Menston
Year 3 were lucky to have a Stone Age workshop in January 2017 as part of their topic curriculum.
We have been taking photos of our whole class in school.
Bishop Marcus visited St. Joseph's Pudsey on Tuesday 24 January 2017 to bless and officially open the new extension and playground.